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Grandson of Sagara
descendent of Ganga on Earth
Affiliation devotee of Maa Ganga

Bhagiratha (Sanskrit: भगीरथ, bhagīratha) was a great king who brought the River Ganges, personified as the river goddess Ganga, to Earth from the heavens. When he was prince of Sagara Dynasty, he did penance for a thousand years on the advice of his guru Trithala, to gain the release his 60,000 great-uncles from the curse of saint Kapila which eventually led to descent of the goddess Ganga in the form of the river Ganges, to the earth.[1] To commemorate his efforts, the head stream of the river is called Bhagirathi, till it meets Alaknanda River at Devprayag.

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  1. ^ Mankodi, Kirit (1973) "Gaṅgā Tripathagā"Artibus Asiae 35(1/2): pp. 139-144, p. 140


  • The Ramayana (2001) by Ramesh Menon
  • Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend (ISBN 0-500-51088-1) by Anna L. Dallapiccola
  • The story of Baghiratha in western edition